De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 2010
By Christian Eedes, 22 October 2012
Unwooded Chardonnay is an emerging category and the Limestone Hill 2012 in the Danie de Wet range from De Wetshof in Robertson (R68 a bottle from the tasting room) is a pretty smart example, bursting with pure citrus. It won silver (equivalent to a score of 16 on the 20 point scale) at this year’s Veritas Awards but I’d be inclined to give it a score of 15.5/20 – I can’t help associate unwooded Chardonnay with Chablis and as with most local examples, the Limestone Hill doesn’t have quite the same firmness, for want of a better way of putting it.
The De Wetshof Finesse Chardonnay 2010 (R84) is pitched as lightly wooded (fermentation and maturation for 12 months in a combination of first- and second-fill French oak barrels) and I think the wood brings a nice amount of form and stricture to the Robertson fruit. This wine won gold at Veritas (equivalent to 17/20) but I’d score it 16/20.